Local member visits fire affected 

Local member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan has visited the Bangor fireground to assess the devastating damage of the blaze on local communities.

The effect of the fire has hit home for the politician who also volunteers as a CFS firefighter.

On Wednesday last week Dan visited the fire ground, not as a CFS volunteer but on official duties as the local member for parliament.

“I was visiting constituents who have been very badly affected by this fire on the outskirts of Wirrabara,” he said.   

“Over 30,000H of pasture and forest have been destroyed along with six homes, over a 1,000 head of livestock, over a 1,000km of fences, several sheds and watering points.” 

Mr van Holst Pellekaan said he is firmly committed to helping rebuild the communities affected. 

“I do my best to see people as quickly as possible,” he said. 

“I’m trying to make sure people who have been hardest hit have access to state services they’re entitled to - that’s the greatest value I can offer.

“Dealing with the community impact of the last month will take many years to come.”

As a volunteer firefighter for the Wilmington Brigade for the past eight years,  he has had first hand experience in fighting the relentless  Bangor blaze.

He said it is imperative for the community to get behind the firefighters who risk their lives to protect our communities, as well as others who contribute in multiple ways. 

“Fighting this fire has been an enormous community effort with CFS and farmers on the front line, but everyone who has contributed with food, housing, water, fuel, earthmoving, agistment, fodder, counselling and much more should be recognised and appreciated.” 

BLAZE: Local member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan visited the fire ground of the Bangor blaze last week to assess damage. He is also a CFS firefighter volunteer, and fought during the 2012 Wilmington fire (pictured).

BLAZE: Local member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan visited the fire ground of the Bangor blaze last week to assess damage. He is also a CFS firefighter volunteer, and fought during the 2012 Wilmington fire (pictured).

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